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‘Tis the season to celebrate old traditions – and make new ones. And, whether you buy a festive sweater from Glam Boutiques or grab a hot cocoa from your Cafe Rhema, your support makes the holidays even happier for small businesses. And don’t forget: This year Small Business Saturday falls on November 27.


Find Local Businesses Located in Flint and Surrounding Area Today

When you support a local business, you’re also supporting your town, city, and neighborhood. Business pay sales taxes to the city and county the business is located in. Stray to a big box business elsewhere and that money isn’t benefiting your community at all. Plus, that tax money is used to support public schools, parks, roads, and sidewalks, as well as fund public service workers, like firefighters.

What’s more, according to Civic Economics, “on average, 48% of each purchase at local independent businesses is recirculated locally, compared to less than 14% of purchases at chain stores.”


Since 2015, Totem Books has been Flint’s only bookstore and cafe. Our eclectic collection of new and used books and records is as diverse as the tight-knit community of customers we’ve built. You see, we think of our shop as a safe haven for inclusivity. Whatever your interests, our knowledgeable staff will help you find what you’re looking for. While you’re nourishing your mind, you can nourish your body in our cafe with specialty drinks, sandwiches, and more. To top it all off, we’re always hosting exciting events to make our community stronger. Totem is a place we can all be different together, so come join in! We’re looking forward to welcoming you. 


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